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The Symphony Poets

The Symphony is a group of African-American poets originally comprised of Reginald Dwayne Betts (shown),...

Ben Lerner

One of two creative writers chosen as a 2105 MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, Ben Lerner talks about his first two books of poetry, ...

Ellen Bryant Voigt

A 2015 MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, Ellen Bryant Voigt talks with fellow poet and professor, Michelle Boisseau, about her eighth book, ...

Dean Young

With the December 2015 release of Shock By Shock, Dean Young's first book of all new poems since his 2011 ...

In the Beginning

New Letters on the Air explores the spark that ignites writers' imaginations. Pulitzer Prize winners Tony Kushner (shown), Jane Smiley,...

Thomas Fox Averill

A longtime resident of Kansas and professor at Washburn University, Thomas Fox Averill lets his numerous interests and passion for research guide his writing of "flyover fiction." His 2001 novel...

Philip Lee Williams

The author of 19 books of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, Philip Lee Williams’ honors include the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Writers Association. In this interview at WUGA in Athens, Georgia, he talks about some of hi...

Chanukah Tales

Poet Marilyn Kallet reads from her book, One for Each Night: Chanukah...

Greg Field and Denise Low

Drawing upon his Native American heritage, poet Greg Field (shown) reads from his 2014 book of poetry, Black Heart, and reveals the insp...

Linda Rodriguez

Linda Rodriguez is a self-proclaimed "feminist, activist, and unashamed liberal," who has now given those attributes to Skeet Bannion, the Native American heroine of her mystery novels. Rodriguez, who is also a poet and part Cherokee, talks about ...

Gerald Vizenor

The author of more than 40 books of poetry, fiction, essays and criticism, Gerald Vizenor was raised on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota and went into the army at age 18. While in Japan, he discovered a new appreciation of his native Anish...

Kwame Dawes

Born in Ghana and raised in Jamaica, Kwame Dawes has written poetry, plays, fiction, a documentary and an accompanying Emmy-win...

Marjorie Agosín

The author of the 2015 International Latino Book Award-winning young adult novel, I Lived on Butterfly Hill, Marjorie ...

Junot Díaz

With nearly a decade between his first collection, Drown and his follow-up novel...

Nikki Giovanni

With a long writing career that stretches back to the 1960s and the Black Art Movement, Nikki Giovanni has nearly three dozen books of poetry, fiction, essays, memoir, and children's stories with numerous honors, including the American Book Award ...

Working-Class Poets

The rigors, joys, and difficulties of work are examined through poetry, including the long work "Beauty" by B.H. Fairchild (shown) that was initially in his multi-awa...

Martha Serpas

Growing up in bayou country, the poet Martha Serpas is attached to the landscape and culture of southern Louisiana. Poems about the environment and the endangered Gulf shores permeate her work, including her 2006 collection, ...

E.L. Doctorow: Past American Voice

We remember E.L. Doctorow who passed away on July 21, 2015, at the age of 84. The author of three books of short fiction, a stage drama, and twelve novels, including multi-award winners ...

Sydney Lea

Vermont Poet Laureate (2011-2015), Sydney Lea is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, essays, and fiction, including three books published in 2013: I Was Thinking of B...

Catherine Browder

Describing herself as a latecomer to writing, author Catherine Browder discusses her new book, Now We Can All Go Home, which pays tribute to Anton Chekhov and three of his plays, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The S...

Martín Espada

In the second part of this public presentation by Martín Espada for Park University's 2013 Ethnic Voices Poetry Series at the Kansas City Public Library, the former tenant lawyer talks about how he was able to transfer his advocacy from the...

Kenneth Irby

Poet Kenneth Irby was born in Texas and raised in the Midwest before serving in the U.S. Army. A graduate of Harvard and Berkeley, Irby settled in Lawrence, Kansas, where ...

Poets Off the Page: Poetry & Music

This compilation features very different approaches to intertwining poetry and music, resulting in equally different performances.  It includes work by Missouri Poet Laureate (2012-2014) William T...

Ron Tanner

Ron Tanner has been crafting stories for decades, but it was his turn-of the-century move, when he and his girlfriend began renovating an old frat house together that inspired his memoir, ...

Rigoberto González

Inspired by Latino writers Octavio Paz and Gabriel García Marquez to write across genres, Rigoberto González, the 2015 winner of the Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award, discusses his work that includes poetry, young adult fict...

George Saunders

Acclaimed writer George Saunders reads a passage from his prestigious Story Prize-winning collection, Tenth of December...

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Join us at Writers for Readers November 1st,  an evening celebrating the power of expression through creative writing and reading. 

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Clarion Awards Selection CD Special

Jamaica KincaidJim ShepardGloria Vando & Anika ParisLuis Alberto Urrea, and Alex George, normally $7.99 per episode, this cd collection comes with over $15.00 in savings. Downloads of these programs have been reduced and are available through our archives.